EST. 1804

Field & Sons advise on where’s best to invest by Chloe Hodge


established in 1804, having passed through the hands of six generations of the Field family, Field and Sons is undoubtedly one of London’s oldest estate agents. Over the past two hundred years the business has evolved from its early days as a funeral directors, dealing with bequeathed estates, to the business we know now; and over the past thirty years it has expanded dramatically, now running four additional branches, as well as the Borough office which it has occupied since the 1830s.

Sean McMahon, senior manager at Field and Sons’ most historic office, works with a “hands on team who pride themselves on giving good advice,” having learnt from a longstanding business which has taken “time to grow and time to build.” Having worked for Field and Sons for twelve years, Sean himself has watched the dramatic change in the property market south of the river and puts the sudden growth in demand down to a few key aspects.

The City is now recognised as a significant international business centre, London Bridge has developed into a cultural hub, and Jubilee line has been extended to connect the two. Now that Borough has already ‘come up’, it’s Vauxhall, Elephant and Castle and Rotherhithe which are really making headway.

To remain at the forefront of South London’s property market, Sean notes that Field and Sons make sure to maintain strong relationships with developers such as Lend Lease – who are managing the £1.5 billion regeneration plan for Elephant and Castle.

The Elephant will continue to transform over the next ten years, and Sean explains that with this change, property prices will soon begin to climb – making homes in north Lambeth and Southwark valuable investments. Currently, Field and Sons have several prime developments available in The Elephant, including One The Elephant, Trafalgar Place and The Signal Building.

One The Elephant has been designed by architects Squire and Partners, and features a slender thirty-seven storey tower and a four storey pavilion, comprised of glass, metal and stone. Including a leisure centre, leafy park and a retail and business space, the entire development is intended to compliment its surroundings, and whilst residents of the tower will be privy to spectacular views, the pavilion offers more boutique-style living, with open walkways, private balconies and a residents’ reading garden.

“time to grow and time to build

Meanwhile, Trafalgar Place continues to provide both Zone 1 living and an expanse of greenery: its seven red brick buildings range from four to ten storeys, each home with its own garden, terrace or balcony – and at the heart of the development is Paragon Row, a treelined, car-free street, even with a biodiverse rain garden.

The Signal Building in Newington Causeway, however, is chic cityliving, with flawlessly designed apartments and duplex penthouses providing floor-to-ceiling views of London Bridge and The City.

Borough is undergoing an extraordinary transformation, retaining its diverse and visually interesting landscape by incorporating the work of so many designers and architects. Field and Sons plan to forge relationships with even more developers over the coming years, to ensure that the two hundred year old business continues to thrive.

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